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McDonald's hit by worker lawsuits claiming it steals wages
Yahoo Finance ^

Posted on 03/13/2014 11:29:20 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp workers in three U.S. states filed lawsuits this week against the fast-food chain, alleging it is stealing wages by forcing them to work off the clock, by cheating them out of overtime and by denying them rest breaks.

The seven suits were announced on Thursday by the employees' lawyers and were filed Wednesday and Thursday in New York, California and Michigan.

McDonald's spokeswoman Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem said the company is reviewing the allegations in the suits.

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If true, definitely not cool.
1 posted on 03/13/2014 11:29:20 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Walmart has been dealing with these charges for more than a decade now.

Typically when investigated it turns out the employees are too stupid to work the time clock correctly.

Whenever you see these charges you can tell that a union organizing drive is underway.


2 posted on 03/13/2014 11:30:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red in Blue PA

I would think the individual franchise owners would be on the hook for this, but deep pockets rule.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 11:30:56 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Abuse of the system and the rules is how unions are able to get a foothold anywhere.

Management who abuses the rules are the reason why we have heavy regulations and should be scorned by people everywhere.


4 posted on 03/13/2014 11:33:32 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Abuse of the system and the rules is how unions are able to get a foothold anywhere.

Management who abuses the rules are the reason why we have heavy regulations and should be scorned by people everywhere.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 11:33:32 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA

This is part of the shakedown of McDonalds to get them to pay 10.10/hr.
Same thing Wallmart went thru.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 11:35:30 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Red in Blue PA

I doubt seriously that’s a corp wide phenomenon.

My guess is that McDonalds trains its managers well in this area. But it only takes one rogue manager or one rogue franchisee to screw up.

A company I worked for (not McDonalds) used to teach us that if you knowingly let ANY employee work without pay. That any third party could sue you, put that employee on the stand and ask them if they had ever worked without pay and if that employee answered honestly, you just lost the lawsuit.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 11:36:25 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Zathras

With all of the cameras in a typical McDonald’s, one would think this would be an easy thing to prove or disprove.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 11:36:41 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I worked at Walmart for a spell back in the late 1990s, and my store absolutely did engage in this kind of stuff, especially forcing certain wage employees to work off the clock to complete tasks but avoid going over the 40 hour limit, which was a “coachable” offense.


9 posted on 03/13/2014 11:36:43 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Taco Bell employees accused of beating and shooting their manager
10 posted on 03/13/2014 11:37:13 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Tijeras_Slim
individual franchise owners...

I've heard McDonald's workers complain about some of them. You'd think McDonald's HQ would have a process to deal with complaints. Then again, they're McDonald's employees....the good ones can always go to another restaurant or grocery, with many of them paying better wages.

11 posted on 03/13/2014 11:39:07 AM PDT by grania
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To: Red in Blue PA

This is what political collusion looks like folks.

Obama’s starting his big push for minimum wage and overtime reform and suddenly there’s a big, splash and very much newsworthy (by MSM) standards against McDonalds for employee wage abuse.

No coincidence, that.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 11:41:36 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter

Left out “Lawsuit” in my above.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 11:42:53 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Red in Blue PA

In leftist dogma, employers exploit their employees. So any employee who complains gets instant sympathy.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 11:43:18 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Management who abuses the rules are the reason why we have heavy regulations and should be scorned by people everywhere.

I concur with your point. One reason Obama's move on overtime pay is playing so well is that retail and restaurant chains really do have a track record of abusing salaried exempt status. And yes, there are instances where hourly employees are pressured to work off the clock.

In many other cases though it turns out they just aren't punching in and out correctly.


15 posted on 03/13/2014 11:55:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: tanknetter

Absolutely. The media and the unions have their marching orders from above.

Environment, immigration, wages, GL/WTF, guns, education, etc etc etc. All part of the same pattern:

“The issue is never the real issue: the real issue is always The Revolution. The cause is never the real cause: the real cause is always the acquisition of power.”
[David Horowitz quoting an unknown radical leader instructing the “troops” during a campus takeover in the 60s]


16 posted on 03/13/2014 11:57:09 AM PDT by dagogo redux
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To: Red in Blue PA
alleging it is stealing wages by forcing them to work off the clock,

back in 1984 or 85 i worked for a clothing store that would do this... i would be scheduled to work the floor by myself, and the only other scheduled employee was a cashier... once my shift ended, another sales person would come and relieve me, but then they had me go do the back to do "inventory," which included unpacking new shipments and logging them into the system... now, as a salesperson, this was one of my tasks, but i could not do it until someone else could take the floor--but they always only schedule one person on the floor (except for weekends)... so there was no way i could do it until the next sales person came on, which was when my shift ended... but then they still wanted me to do the inventory--AFTER i clocked out!

i said, "heck no..." either i am doing inventory on the clock, or i am going home... one night, i was scheduled to close... the cashier and i were closing down the store, hanging up clothes, clearing out dressing rooms, etc... as i was working away, i noticed that all the time cards were gone... i asked the cashier/asst. manager where the time cards were... i needed to punch out... she said the manager had punched them all out already when the store closed and took them with her... she punched out my timecard an hour before i was finished working... (it took about an hour to do all the closing duties)... i was livid!!! soon after, i heard other employees quit too because they got tired of not getting paid for all their time... the store was out of business within the year...

17 posted on 03/13/2014 12:12:57 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I suspect some of the comlaits are valid.

The not being paid to clean your own uniform is not a valid complaint.


18 posted on 03/13/2014 12:13:56 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Red in Blue PA

Likely timed to coincide with Baraq’s new decree on overtime:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/12/obama-to-reportedly-order-expansion-overtime-pay-for-millions-workers/


19 posted on 03/13/2014 12:15:54 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Should McDonald’s agree to raise their minimum wage and support a raise in the national minimum wage, watch these lawsuits dissipate.


20 posted on 03/13/2014 12:17:40 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I would think the individual franchise owners would be on the hook for this, but deep pockets rule.

There are always crooked people out there, I was aware of one franchise owner's son who would cheat people because he knew they were illegal and afraid to complain or just plain afraid of losing their job, my people would tell me about their friends and I always told them to tell their friends to turn the guy in, cheating people is just evil.

21 posted on 03/13/2014 1:05:54 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Aspen hospitality industry pays more than $500,000 after federal wage probe
by Chad Abraham, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
"[Aspen, CO] 45 local service industry businesses"

22 posted on 03/13/2014 1:56:14 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Whenever you see these charges you can tell that a union organizing drive is underway.

Perhaps, but not necessarily. This sort of crap was SOP at the McD's franchise that I worked for nearly 40 years ago, and I can assure you that there no union organizers on-site trying to stir things up. We were just a bunch of pimply-faced high school students looking to make an honest buck.

Here's how the scam worked back then: The manager would schedule me for an 11 am to 7 pm shift, which entitled me to one "free meal" because the shift exceeded six consecutive hours. (The free meal was one sandwich, small fries, small drink, and desert.) If business was slow when I showed up for my 11 am shift, the manager instructed me and others to wait in the break room until directed to punch in. We were not allowed to leave just in case a bus showed up and the place suddenly got real busy, yet we were not on the clock getting paid for our time. Sometimes we waited 15 minutes to punch in; sometimes we were told to punch in minutes before the noon lunch hour. Then around 3 pm, the manager would tell us to punch out if business was slow, but not to leave because we would eventually have to punch back in for the dinner rush. Although we were physically at the facility for eight hours, on slow days we were paid for a lot less and because we were not punched in for six consecutive hours, we were not allowed a free meal.

I learned a lot in my years at McD's, including team-work, responsibility, and how not to treat your employees.

23 posted on 03/13/2014 2:32:46 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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